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Project Coordinator, Family Economic Security



The National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University is recruiting a Project Coordinator to work in the center's New York City office. The Project Coordinator will play a central role in managing two new research and communications projects led by the Family Economic Security (FES) unit. The first project works with partner organizations in two states to develop their capacity to update and effectively use the center's web-based policy-modeling tools. The second project is a focus group study of low-income parents' experience with New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance program. The Project Coordinator will devote approximately half time to each project. This staff position will be supervised by the FES director.


Focus Group Project

  • Manage day-to-day project operations
  • Coordinate conference calls, meetings and trainings with project partners
  • Oversee performance of external vendors
  • Participate in developing focus group screening tools and protocols
  • Oversee all details of focus group participant recruitment, scheduling, consent forms, incentive payments, child care, and other logistics
  • Observe focus groups and take written notes of sessions
  • Oversee transcription of session audio recordings
  • Contribute to analyzing findings and writing report
  • Coordinate dissemination of findings to stakeholders and the news media, including a webinar

Policy Modeling Tool Project

  • Manage day-to-day project operations
  • Gather state and federal work support program data and rules and organize in spreadsheets
  • Provide technical support by telephone and e-mail to state project partners in their data-gathering work
  • Check all partner work and write pseudo-code files describing program rules
  • Work with the center's programmer to test and correct the updated tools
  • Work with FES team colleagues and state partners to model policy reforms using the tool
  • Contribute to dissemination of findings, including an in-state press conference


  • Bachelor's degree in public policy, economics, sociology, or related field; graduate degree preferred
  • At least two years of experience as a project manager, policy analyst, or research assistant in the social sciences; experience with qualitative research projects using focus groups preferred
  • Demonstrated, strong organizational and planning skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of national and state social policy for low-income families
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to juggle multiple responsibilities
  • Experience preparing pseudo-code files preferred
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis software preferred
  • Spanish language fluency preferred

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer—Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran

To apply: Visit Jobs at Columbia, where the requisition number is 076115.